South Africa Submits a “Declaration of Intervention” Against Israel

Put an end to the tragic suffering of an imprisoned population

Peace activists met with the South African embassy in Los Angeles.
Peace activists met with the South African embassy in Los Angeles.

Hold Israel accountable for genocide in Gaza.

Peace activists across the country have embarked on a campaign to mobilize global support for South Africa’s charge of genocide against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Several countries’ governments have accused the Israeli government of genocide and asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to prosecute Israeli officials, but that court effectively answers to the US government and has refused for years to prosecute crimes by Israel or anyone else outside of Africa.

White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby calls South Africa’s 84-page suit accusing Israel of genocide “meritless, counterproductive, and completely without any basis in fact whatsoever.” Notably, the United States supported Ukraine invoking the Genocide Convention last year in the International Court of Justice with far less evidence.

But, unlike the ICC, the International Court of Justice has ruled against Israel in the past, and if any one nation invokes the Genocide Convention, the court will be obliged to rule on the matter.

If the ICJ determines that genocide is happening, then the ICC will not need to make that determination but only consider who is responsible.

This has been done before. Bosnia and Herzegovina invoked the Genocide Convention against Serbia, and the ICJ ruled against Serbia.

The crime of genocide is happening. The intentional destruction of a people, in whole or in part, is genocide. The law is meant to be used to prevent it, not just review it after the fact.

Debunking Misinformation on Palestine

There is so much false reporting and deliberate false narratives about the war that it is easy for anyone to get confused. Join CODEPINK cofounder Jodie Evans, co-director Danaka Katovich, and Palestine campaign organizer Nour Jaghama as they debunk some of the misinformation around Palestine.

CODEPINK is a feminist grassroots organization working to end U.S. warfare and imperialism and redirect our tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming programs. Take action at www.codepink.org/disarmisrael.

The International Court of Justice will hold public hearings at the Peace Palace in The Hague, a city in the Netherlands. The oral argument of South Africa will take place on Thursday, January 11, 2024 and Israel’s oral argument on Friday, January 12, 2024. The hearings will be streamed live and on demand on the ICJ’s website (www.icj-cij.org/home) and on UN Web TV (media.un.org/en/webtv).

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